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In each bi-monthly episode of DiResta (every other Wednesday at 2pm PT), artist and master builder Jimmy DiResta (Dirty Money, Hammered, Against the Grain, Trash for Cash) lets us into his workshop, to look over his shoulder while he builds whatever strikes his fancy. On this episode of DiResta, Jimmy is asked by a friend to create something for an auction. Given that the friend runs an organization ( that facilitates the reuse/recycling of props from film and TV, Jimmy created a unique storage cabinet, “junk doors,” using some of the junk drawer contents he found in her shop. – Gareth Branwyn


  • Recycled cabinet
  • Box of small treasures (aka junk)
  • Flea market door hinges
  • Birch plywood for the door frames
  • Smoothcast 325 to epoxy all the parts into the bottom/back of each door panel
  • Flat black latex paint
  • I also used a hidden cinder block beneath the bottom shelf to act as a counter-weight when the doors are opened

Jimmy’s Notes:

My friend, Eva Radke, owner of Film Biz Recycling, is holding a fundraiser on Nov 9th. She asks me to make something for the event. I decided to use content from her shop. I collected a box of junk and also the cabinet with no bottom. Since her shop looks like a giant junk draw full of cool stuff, I was inspired to make a cabinet that looked like it was overflowing with wondrous things.I was also inspired by Louise Nevelson and Paul Evans

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  • Michael

    Very cool – considering a variation of this using the scrap wood in my workshop. Always have a couple of boxes of cut offs that I just can throw away.
    Also – before reading all the description, I watched the video and towards the end began to get a strong “Louise Nevelson” – so the influence really shows.

    • jimmydiresta

      i am big fan of her work! thank you for watching and commenting !!!

  • ka mitchell

    cool jimmy, really miss that DIRTY MONEY.between you and your brother ,and rik dale in las vegas, tv had been in the graduate though ,(not really one word) NY NEEDS SOME SOLAR CHARGING STATIONS of the pay as you go kind, eh goombah. Watch out for falling cranes!

    • jimmydiresta

      Thank you !!! funny stuff!!

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  • Thomas Arthur Reese

    really great project! I loved it except for the black paint at the end. It would have had a real found art feel to it otherwise. but that is just a picky preference of mine. Cool Idea … nice execution.

    • jimmydiresta

      some times i have to push my self to be edgy , this was one of the times .. i am happy with the black thank you for watching and commenting !

  • ameyring

    A great idea for junk! My only concern was that at least some of the junk looked reusable and children would love some of the toys. What I would’ve done was obtain truly useless/broken stuff, made minor repairs so cracks weren’t so obvious, then used them for the doors.

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